The beat goes on

Published 2:43 am Friday, April 24, 2009

Being down didn’t stop the St. Joseph Flyers from finishing up.

Despite an emotional letdown, the Flyers still came away winners as they beat the Harvest Christian Warriors 10-7 Thursday at the Ironton Senior League Field.

“We didn’t play with a lot of emotion. We came out flat, but a win is a win. We have to learn to play each game with emotion,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant.

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“But we did take advantage of our baserunners.”

St. Joseph remains unbeaten in 10 games this season.

T.J. Young went four-plus innings to get the win while Chad Harvey finished for the save. Young fanned six, walked four, gave up just three hits and four earned runs.

Harvest Christian took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before the Flyers tied the game in the second.

With one out, Pat Gagai walked and Young, Joseph Unger and Levi Hopkins all singled.

The Flyers broke the game open with seven runs in the third inning to lead 9-2.

Harvey reached on an error and Blackburn singled. After Blackburn stole second, Tanner Riley walked and Gagai reached on a fielder’s choice as a run scored.

Young walked to force in a run, Hopkins singled for two runs, Payton Blair reached on an error to score a run and Harvey capped the rally with a two-run single.

Harvest Christian got two runs in the fourth only to have the Flyers get a run back in the bottom of the inning.

Gagai was safe on an error, stole second and came home on a wild pickoff throw by the pitcher got through in the outfield.

The Warriors managed two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh.

Unger and Hopkins each went 2-3 for the Flyers.

St. Joseph hosts Maysville (Ky.) St. Patrick at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Harvest Christian 200 220 1 = 7 8 4

St. Joseph 027 100 x = 10 7 1

Sparks and Daniel Hudson. T.J. Young, Chad Harvey (5) and Pat Gagai. W-Young (6-K, 4-BB, 3-H, 4-R, 4-ER). Save-Harvey (1-K, 0-BB, 5-H, 3-ER). L-Sparks. 2B-HC: Jimmy Falls. HR-HC: Caines, Sparks, Jimmy Falls. Hitting-HC: Caines 1-4, Daniel Hudson 1-4, Sparks 3-4, Falls 2-3, Armstrong 1-2; St. Joseph: Chad Harvey 1-3, Caleb Blackburn 1-4, T.J. Young 1-2, Joseph Unger 2-3, Levi Hopkins 2-3.